Request For Proposals of Eleventh Annual Curators Incubator 

Deadline 12/01/2014

The 2015 Curators’ Incubator Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: May 14 – June 27, 2014

Baltimore, MD – Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proud to announce a call for curators to participate in the Eleventh Annual Curators’ Incubator exhibition. This program was developed to provide a creative space for the Maryland region’s aspiring curators to develop and present their curatorial concepts. This exhibition would be the first Curators’ Incubator Exhibition to take place in MAP’s historic 218 West Saratoga Street gallery located in the Bromo Seltzer Arts and Entertainment District.

MAP is open to exhibition proposals of all types. Curators’ proposals will be juried by MAP’s staff and Programming Advisory Committee (PAC) in December of 2014. Selected curators will be chosen to fully develop their proposals for an exhibition scheduled for May 14 – June 27, 2015. All participants must be available to participate in a gallery talk and attend a reception on May 14, 2015. MAP welcomes discussion with curators prior to the deadline to assist in developing strong proposals.

The call for entry requires curators to complete an online application form found below and submit a proposal, outlining the exhibition ideas and goals in a statement of intent, while including a short bio for each artist intended to be included in the exhibition. Curators may not include themselves in the exhibition. After the initial review of proposals, a small number of curators will be asked to advance to the second phase of the application process where they will be required to present their proposals to the PAC in early January 2015.

If selected, curators will receive individual mentorship from the PAC and MAP staff as they work to develop their exhibitions for debut. MAP will also work with curators to strengthen their curatorial writing in preparation for a program catalogue to be published online.

**Selected curators will be responsible for coordinating the delivery, installation and de-installation of artists’ work. They will also be responsible for unusual expenses regarding the installation and removal of their exhibitions. Selected curators must sign an agreement that the exhibition space will be returned to its original condition.

There is no fee to participate in the Curators’ Incubator program.


The deadline for submitting materials to be considered for the Eleventh Annual Curators’ Incubator Program is 5pm December 1, 2014. Materials should be submitted via email. Please visit our website and download the RFP for complete application instructions.

Questions? Call 410-962-8565 and speak to a staff member or e-mail

Established in 2003, Curators’ Incubator was developed to assist aspiring curators in developing and presenting an exhibition at Maryland Art Place. This annual program provides a creative space for the region’s emerging curators to develop and present their concepts.

Selected through a competitive two-phase application process, curators with limited or no previous experience are asked to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for debut in MAP’s galleries. The selected curators or curatorial team then participate in a year, long mentorship program. This mentorship helps curators refine their vision; from laying out the show, to artists’ selection and feedback on their curatorial statements. The program culminates in an exhibition publication. The publication is often the emerging curators first public platform for critical writing.

Sensitive to the many obstacles curators confront as they work to gain experience and earn professional credentials, each selected curator receives intensive mentoring by MAP staff and members of its Program Advisory Committee (PAC) as they strengthen and further develop their proposals. The diversity and breadth of the artists chosen to participate is reinforced by having the curators select artists from within their respective communities, widening the scope of the program and the audience it reaches. The program concludes with an exhibition and catalogue featuring curators’ writing and images of the artwork represented.

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